You have a choice of virtual machines:
If you want to have a quick look at the data, not investing too much time, you can use the small virtual machine, which contains 10% of the data. This takes about 15 minutes to download and setup. Go to the Software Book to learn how.
If you want to invest more time, or are setting up a lab for students, we suggest you use the large virtual machine which contains all the data. This takes 1-2 hours to download and setup. Read on.
To learn more about the data and analyses we have prepared for you, take a look at the Software Book
Virtual machine book for VM versions M, L and N
You will learn how to download and prepare a virtual machine to run on your computer. This will then enable you to take a look at ATLAS data.
By choosing the large sized virtual machine, you have access to all the ATLAS open data.
What is a virtual machine ?
A virtual machine will transform your computer into an analysis machine!
Your physical computer will be the "host", while the virtual machine will be a "guest". Most of the guest code runs unmodified, directly on the host computer, and the guest operating system "thinks" it's running on a real machine.
A virtual machine allows an unmodified operating system with all of its installed software to run in a special environment, on top of your existing operating system.
There are two steps to setup your environment
- Get and prepare VirtualBox. This is explained in the next two chapters.
- Get and run a virtual machine. This is explained in the following two chapters.